DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. — Police have arrested a woman accused of shooting a 17-year-old in the face during a road rage incident on I-20.
Douglasville police said the victim was riding in the front passenger seat of a car traveling eastbound on I-20 from Villa Rica when a woman in a black sedan pulled up alongside the vehicle and fired a shot.
The shooter then exited on Chapel Hill Road. A passenger in the victim’s car was able to take a photo of the woman.
The victim, Ashlyn Crouch, is being treated at a local hospital and is expected to be released, police said.
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Channel 2′s Tom Jones learned the suspect’s name is Brittney Griffith.
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Griffith turned herself in around 11 p.m. Sunday night. Detectives learned that the suspect’s three children, who were ages 4 - 9, were in the car with her at the time of the shooting.
Griffith has been charged with four counts of aggravated assault, three counts of cruelty to children, and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. She was denied bond at her first bond hearing Monday morning.
Jones was the only reporter in the courtroom as Griffith took the stand for the first time.
Jones talked to Crouch’s mother, Dianna Crouch, who couldn’t believe what Griffith did to her child -- or what she did afterward. Judge Susan Camp with the Douglas County Magistrate Court said Griffith went to get her nails done after the shooting.
“That just blows my mind,” Crouch said. “That makes me think she had no remorse.”
Ashlyn Crouch told her mother that the car she was riding in accidentally cut Griffith off.
“And she shot them the bird, and they shot back,” Crouch said. “(Ashlyn) was shot behind her ear and it came out through the side of her eye right here.”
Crouch said her daughter is out of the intensive care unit and in a regular room now.
“People just need to take a deep breath, or just stay off the road,” Crouch said.
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